“I hate math” In an AP poll, over 1/3 of adults polled about school year math experiences indicated that they “hated” math in school. In fact, math was twice as despised as any other subject. Even if math was not your bane, it is likely you’ve heard a complaint or two about math from your children. These range from, “I hate math,” “Math is my worst subject,” “Math is too hard and I’ll never use it,” or “It’s boring.” Brain scans and other neurocognitive research correlate increased math stress levels with decreased memory efficiency and ultimately a progressive drop in motivated effort. Math negativity is a stressor you can help your children replace with the pleasure, self-efficacy, motivation, and perseverance of math positivity. Math negativity often starts young and unchecked, builds up. Math stress and low self-expectations can come from math stereotype beliefs, parental math negativity, … [Read more...] about From Math Negative to Math Positive Attitudes in Your Kids
Source: Flickr Creative Commons/Alberto G. With the school in full swing for so many youth, I wanted to share some comments that students across the nation have shared in response to my blogs on homework. In a given school year, many students spend hours upon hours each night working on assignments. Add to that work, sports, and extracurricular activities and it’s no wonder we have a lot of stressed out teens. Please take time to read the voices of young people across the nation who responded to homework blogs. Following the students’ comments is a response from a veteran teacher. Dear Teacher, I'm 17 and I'm in my last year of high school. I can honestly tell you that from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. (sometimes 1 or 2 a.m.) I am doing homework. I've been trying to balance my homework with my work schedule, work around my house, and my social life with no success. So if someone were to ask me if I think kids have too much homework, I would say yes they do. My comment is … [Read more...] about Too Much Homework from a Student/Teacher Perspective
“Sexting” among teenagers has increasingly made news headlines, resulting in a lot of worried parents. Usually defined as sharing a sexual photo of oneself nude or nearly nude through mobile or Internet communication—sexting may actually be less common than most people think. In fact, national surveys suggest that only a small minority—between 3 to 7 percent—of teens are sexting [1, 2, 3]. “If that’s the case, then why does it seem like so many of my children’s friends have gotten caught up in it?” many parents ask me. Well, one reason may be because one salacious incident can easily seize the attention of all students in a school. For instance, even if only 5 percent of youth are sexting at your child’s high school, this translates to one in 20 students—almost one student in every class and more than enough to keep the rumor mill running. Another reason may be because the media can sometimes give us the impression that, … [Read more...] about How Many Teens Are Actually Sexting?
Natalie Boychuk, research assistant in the Applied Moral Psychology Lab at the University of Toronto, at Columbia University's MPH program Fall 2019. Source: L. Niemi Guest Blogger Natalie Boychuk writes on recent research with the Ontario government on operational stress injury. She reflects on how language used in the context of mental health care should meet the needs of people facing intense stress and help fight stigma about getting help. In recent research (Niemi, L., Leone, C., Boychuk, N., Hadjis, Z., Roussos, G., Warchol, M., You, L., 2019) on operational stress injury (OSI) in Ontario, the Applied Moral Psychology Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto studied the intense stressors faced by first responders on the job. Occupational stressors can be broadly defined in terms of three sources: critical incidents, daily hassles, and relational stressors, all of which tend to affect first responders at rates … [Read more...] about Why Calling Stress an Injury Matters